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Consider These Downsizing Costs

Thu, Feb 14th 2019 1:45 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

In order to downsize your home, you'll have to sell it and move somewhere new. There are costs associated with this, some more obvious than others. When deciding if downsizing is the right choice for you, it's important to consider all the downsizing costs you may have to deal with. Going over the costs may further convince you that downsizing is the answer, it may make you tweak your plans, or it may make you decide to stay where you are. It's better to discover potential obstacles before jumping into the move.

Downsizing Costs:

Repairing or Updating the Home
Often, before someone sells a home, they want to or need to have repairs or updates done on the home to get a greater price for...

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The Many Benefits of Downsizing

Sat, Feb 9th 2019 12:23 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Downsizing is an increasingly popular choice for homeowners because they are discovering so many new benefits of downsizing.  There are many reasons for downsizing.  Children moving out is the most well-known reason. People often buy their first home or buy a larger home thinking of having plenty of room for their children, so it is quite logical that when the children move out, the parents no longer need such a large house. The costs and space end up seeming like a waste.

A change in income or differing financial needs, such as losing a job or getting older, may make a homeowner want to alter their budget. They may find that they could create a sounder budget or that they would have mor...

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Providence High School Home -- SOLD!

Mon, Dec 3rd 2018 6:04 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Hoes for sale in Providence High School Zone -- SOLD!!

December is a slow month in some markets, but  this two story beauty sold with multiple offers in the first weekend on the market!  2208 Retana is located in Providence Planation which is a popular South Charlotte neighborhood and zoned for some of the area's top ranking schools -- Providence Springs, Crestdale Middle and Providence High School.  

It's not a surprise this home sold so quickly. The kitchen and master bathroom have had total renovations, it has a full basement complete with an entertaining kitchen and workshop and lots a space inside and outside.  The surrounding neighborhood (Providence Plantation Estates section),...

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Honeywell Relocating to Charlotte

Sun, Dec 2nd 2018 6:09 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Honeywell Relocating to Charlotte

It’s true Honeywell in relocating to Charlotte. Are you a Honeywell employee moving to Charlotte? If you are relocating to Charlotte, you are going to need the best real estate information available. That need leads to the one place that offers the very best up to the minute Charlotte MLS data on all homes for sale in the Charlotte area, AgentBecky.com.  Do not go to a national website to get its second-hand info on Charlotte; you can get the most accurate and the most timely listings of Charlotte homes for sale on the AgentBecky.com website.

Agentbecky.com offers you any number to search methods to find your perfect Charlotte home. For example you can ...

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Looking for 55+ and Active Adult Communities in and around Charlotte NC?

Tue, Sep 11th 2018 12:30 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Charlotte is a perfect option for anyone looking for 55+ and Active Adult Communities with many excellent communities here and more coming. Baby Boomers make up the 2nd largest demographic moving to the Charlotte area, so local markets are racing to meet demand. If you want to enjoy all city life has to offer as well as opportunities and amenities tailored to your needs, you should learn about Charlotte’s 55+ communities.

55 + living in chartlotte

Looking for 55+ and Active Adult Communities in and around Charlotte NC?

Trilogy Lake Norman by Shea Homes

Trilogy Lake Norman is  conveniently located between the outdoor benefits of Lake Norman and the city life of Charlotte. There are several floor plans for si...

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These are the most walkable neighborhoods in Charlotte

Tue, Sep 4th 2018 11:10 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

You may have heard that Charlotte, NC is not a particularly walkable city, but that’s old information! The city and county are improving walkability tremendously, and there are plenty of neighborhoods that provide excellent opportunities for those fond of walking.   Below, we’ll tell you what’s being done to increase walkability in the city and guide you through your choices of the most walkable neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC.

Improving Charlotte NC Walkability

Mecklenburg County has built an elaborate greenway system to promote the health and sustainability of the city of Charlotte. It is currently 49 miles of natural walking, running, and biking space, and more is added to it every ye...

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New Homes for Sale in Matthews

Fri, Aug 31st 2018 5:01 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Looking for the convenience of a new home within walking distance to a downtown?  Come down to Main Street in Historic Matthews!  Evans Coghill Homes is building an enclave of 5 new craftsman style homes a block from the town center of Matthews.  These homes have high-end finishes today's discerning buyers are looking for -- site finished hardwood floors, quartz counters, Electrolux appliances, screened porches and craftsman style trim work.  Convenient to shopping, dining, breweries, the Matthews Farmer's Market a coffee shop and the Greenway the homes on Main are centrally located to all downtown Mathews has to offer.

If you are looking for a homes for sale in Matthews, come on to Ma...

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School Spotlight: ARDREY KELL HIGH SCHOOL and Homes for Sale in Ballantyne

Thu, Aug 30th 2018 11:00 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

ARDREY KELL HIGH SCHOOL -- One of Charlotte's Top High Schools

Located in the heart of Ballantyne, Ardrey Kell (AK) High School serves close to 3,000 students and is continually ranked one of the top schools in CMS and in NC.  In fact, this year Ardrey Kell ranked the highest of all CMS schools in US News World Report's 2018 ranking of top high schools in the country.  Ranked 15 in NC and 384 nationally, AK boasts both academic rigor and high student and parent satisfaction.  AK receives 9/10 stars in GreatSchool.org's ranking. 

AK has a graduation rate of 98% and student proficiency in both mathematics and reading far exceeds district and state averages.  AK has clubs for almost ev...

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Mon, Aug 27th 2018 8:00 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

The streets were busy again this morning as Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools started its 2018-2019 school year.  CMS has some fantastic schools supported by strong PTOs.  Today's spotlight is on PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL -- where both of my daughters graduated -- and the homes for sale in the Providence High School Zone.

Providence High School


Providence High is in Charlotte's South Charlotte area and serves over 2,000 students grades 9-12.  It ranks among the top 5% of high schools in NC and places high emphasis on academic rigor as well as extra curricular activities.  Providence students have the highest SAT average and Advanced Placement (AP) passage rate in the region.  It ranks among the top high scho...

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Downsizing Does Not Have to Be a Downer!

Fri, Aug 24th 2018 10:50 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Last year my husband and I found ourselves alone in a big suburbun house -- our kids had both left for college and our nest was empty.  After a couple months of adjustment we realized it was not all bad.  We had more time to spend doing things we enjoyed, more time for work and more time to spend together.  The house we bought for our family was no longer what we needed -- we did not need to be near schools, did not need the bonus room, did not need the big yard and the list went on.  There were things we wanted -- main floor leaving (old knees are the worst!),  less maintenance, a less expensvie house (purchase price and maintenance costs) but we really wanted to be able to walk to place...

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Another home SOLD!

Mon, Nov 6th 2017 6:00 am by Missy Banks South Charlotte expert

One of the best parts of my job is to spend time getting to know home buyers and sellers and their familIes.  Over the course of the weeks and even months together, I have met some wonderful families.  This was the case with a recent real estate closing. The closing was actually a bitter sweet time for me as it represented the end to our evenings and weekends together but the beginning of their families' next chapter.   I could not be happier for this family and thrilled to have helped them find the PERFECT HOME!   

Homes for sale

"Missy is the most knowledgeable realtor I have come across. The great qualities about missy are that she is patient, very flexible, has a thorough understanding of the are...

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Basement Home for Sale in Providence High School Zone!

Thu, Sep 28th 2017 8:57 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches



Looking for a home that has already been renovated in one of CMS's top ranked school zones?  This Hembstead classic has all the bells and whistles -- including a hard to find full basement!  This move-in ready home for sale in Providence High School zone has white kitchen cabinets, quartz counters, high end stainless steel appliances, a renovated master bath with access to a deck overlooking a large private yard, several outdoor spaces for entertaining, relaxing and dining among other outstanding features.  

Hembstead is one of South Charlottes most popular neighborhoods.  It has a club house, swimming pools, tennis courts, playground,...

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Ballantyne Real Estate

Sun, Mar 5th 2017 10:58 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Ballantyne real estateCharlotte just experienced it's largest real estate sale in our history -- Ballantyne Corporate Park was just sold New York based Northwood Investors for a approximately $1.2 billion.  The 535 acre park was built in the early 1990's by Charlotte developer Smokey Bissell.  Bissell was responsible for the development and building of much of what today is SouthPark and had the vision for Ballantyne long before the was 485. Thanks to his vision, the Ballantyne area remains one of Charlotte's most sought after real estate areas with townhomes as low as the $200,000s [click here for condos for sale in Ballantyne -- zip code 28277] to luxury homes over $1 million [click here for luxury homes for...

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Charlotte's Spring Real Estate Market

Wed, Mar 1st 2017 9:53 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Charlotte's Spring Real Estate MarketCHARLOTTE'S SPRING REAL ESTATE MARKET

While it's only February in the Queen City, Charlotte's spring market is hotter than ever.  Record low inventory and buyer's that are ready to buy make this a very competitive market for buyers.  The foreclosure crisis that once impacted our market is over and rising real estate prices have made entry level priced homes hard to find.  Our builders are building again, but they lost many skilled laborers during the recession and the high costs of land and rising building prices have made new construction prices higher than ever. Cautious not to repeat mistakes of the pre-recession market, builders are building less inventory these days.  The low invent...

Yes, Virginia there is an Agent named Becky

Tue, Dec 27th 2016 2:30 pm by Bill Herring Charlotte Home Searches

I often get asked why my real estate website is named AgentBecky.com and I am obviously not Becky. In the spirit of reflecting on the past year and planning for the 2017, I thought it was a good time to blog about the people who made AgentBecky.com one of the most used real estate websites in Charlotte. 


Some of you know I grew up in a real estate family.  My father was a premier home- builder in Charlotte.  I started selling his homes in the mid 1990’s.  My mother entered the business about the time I left to raise my family in the late1990’s.  Her name is Becky.  About that time, Dad stopped selling homes and starting building a website for my mother’s real estate business – somethi...

Price Your Charlotte Home

Thu, Sep 29th 2016 11:17 am by Bill Herring Selling Charlotte Home

If you want to sell your Charlotte home and you’re having trouble pricing it, then keep reading! Because getting it right has never been more important. Believe me…an over-priced home during the Great Recession can cause you a lot of unnecessary pain.

Pricing a home is simple. You just need to determine its value by using data that is readily available! The hard part is getting YOU to believe the data and accept the result. To overcome this hurdle, you must understand…and master... these two pricing concepts:

One, the current Charlotte real estate market sets the value of your home. This sounds simple…but, remember this, no matter how many improvements or “love” you have invested in you...

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Charlotte Agent Becky gets Top Rating

Fri, Apr 3rd 2015 12:30 pm by Bill Herring South Charlotte expert

Top Rating for Charlotte Agent

Agent Becky received top rating today for her work a client finding them a special home. Rating are not easily attained. Few Realtors get this type of rating, because few deserve. Contact Agent Beckt to buy or sell your Charlotte home. 

Here are words of her client:

"My husband and I interviewed several real-estate agents and Becky Herring puts the "A" in agent. This woman is NEVER scared of the hard work and chase involved in finding the perfect property. You should know that Becky's approach is a consultant first and a sales person second. She will not let you buy a property without first clearly highlighting all of the pros and cons based on her immedi...

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Rank of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Sat, Feb 21st 2015 1:45 pm by Bill Herring Charlotte Schools

School Name Overall Grade Overall Score Reading Grade Math Grade Growth Targets
Albemarle Road Elementary D 46 F D Met
Albemarle Road Middle D 47 D F Met
Ardrey Kell High A 94 Exceeded
J M Alexander Middle C 67 C C Exceeded
Allenbrook Elementary C 55 D C Met
Ashley Park PreK-8 School D 46 D D Met
William Amos Hough High A 86 Exceeded
Bailey Middle B 82 B B Exceeded
Bain Elementary A 86 B A Exceeded
Barringer Academic Center C 67 C C Exceeded
Whitewater Middle F 36 F F Not Met
Whitewater Academy C 56 D C Exceeded
Berryhill School D 51 D D Met

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2013 Charlotte HomeArama in Cheval Equestrian Community

Mon, Nov 18th 2013 9:22 am by Charlotte Home Searches

2013 Charlotte HomeArama in Cheval Equestrian Community 

The 2013 HomeArama is being held in Mint Hill’s Cheval. Cheval is an equestrian friendly community on 423 acres with home sites ranging in size from a half acre to over five acres. This year’s homebuilders include: Arthur Rutenburg Homes, Bellamy Homes, Classica Homes, Evans Coghill Homes and Grandfather Homes. The six furnished homes on tour this years range from $550,000 to over $940,000. The event runs from Saturday, November 9th through November 24th (except Mondays). Tickets can be purchased at www.ChevalNC.com for $12 for adults or at the gate for $15 for adults. Children under 12 are free.

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The Government Shutdown and the Charlotte Real Estate Process

Fri, Oct 4th 2013 11:07 am by Selling Charlotte Home

As you all know by know, Congress did not approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) which provides funding for most government operations. Many programs and offices of the federal government will be shut down until legislation for funding is signed. What does that mean to you if you are in the process of a Charlotte real estate transaction or soon to be in one?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is closed and the processing of all forms is suspended. Form 4506T is a tax transcript that is required for most loans. Currently, no tax transcripts can be ordered. The Social Security Administration is also closed. As a result, verifying Social Security numbers through the Consent Based SSN Verifica...

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